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Eden People at The Keystone

November 27, 2012

Eden People meet irregularly at The Keystone, tonight was one of those evenings.

I had planned on being at the Keystone this evening, but almost went home, as was very tired, but decided to stay.

Quite well attended, lovely examples of synchronicity.

I was chatting with Michelle, who I had never met before. I do not know why, but we were chatting about Cornish Yarg (a lovely cheese from Cornwall) and Neals Yard in Covent Garden (where I said I was the week before for dinner at Food for Thought and the week before that lunch at Food for Thought).

Her friend ordered something to eat. Michelle ask me was Cornish Yarg wrapped in green leaves. I said yes, nettles. I asked why did she ask? On her friend’s plate was Cornish Yarg!

Philippa arrived and ordered soup. She said it was very good. Chestnut and mushroom. I said no, chestnut mushroom soup.

For some reason she mentioned Neals yard in Covent Garden.

I told her of the impossibility of finding NeverSeconds, and finally finding a copy in Waterstone’s in Guildford.

A hair, I have a hair in my soup, a long hair, but it is not mine.

I explained Martha Payne ranked her meals. One of the rankings was on the number of hairs, because once she found a long hair and it was not hers.

Eden People will next be at The Keystone for a Christmas special evening 11 December 2012.

The Keystone is a pub in Guildford, bottom of the High Street, over the bridge and behind St Nicholas Church.

Keystone Spirit – Eden People at The Keystone

July 27, 2011

Sometimes, certain of God’s blessings arrive by shattering all the windows. — Paulo Coelho

Half a dozen Eden People gathered in the corner in The Keystone, some still drying out from Guilfest the previous wet and soggy weekend. Interesting conversation.

Love Wins by Rob Bell. Highly recomended! Controversial? Would a loving God choose a select few to go the heaven and condemn the vast majority to all eternity in hell? Is that what Christianity is about, a select few are transferred somewhere else? Turn or burn, is that the story? Rob Bell says no! Old Testament prophets talked of an age to come, an age of plenty, of grapes, of wine, an age of peace, swords into ploughshares, spears into pruning hooks. The onus is on us to bring it about, we must end injustice, inequality, poverty, environmental degradation. If Love Wins offends a few Christian fundamentalists and their distortion of Scripture, then no bad thing. Love Wins was on special offer in Triangle.

Read Love Wins, but read The Shack first.

Concern was raised that Triangle, a Christian bookshop cum tea shop in Farnborough, is in financial difficulty and could go under. A Christian bookshop in nearby Aldershot has recently closed (a New Age shop in the last week). To rely on donations, other than a special appeal, is not sustainable. What can be done? The food leaves much to be desired. Look at Iydea and Infinity Foods cafe in North Laine, Brighton, Food For Thought, Neal Street, Covent Garden in London. Overstocked and too much tat. Listen to readers not publishers. Not a very friendly atmosphere. What are the aims? Poor use made of social media, especially facebook. Encourage churches to post their events on the facebook wall, leave their flyers and posters in Triangle. Maybe it should be a religious or spiritual centre, but this could be unpopular and maybe alienate narrow-minded Christians who think they have a monopoly on faith. In the long-term needs to move as in a poor location.

Previous two weeks Catherine Ferguson had given her summer talks on King James Bible and George Abbot at St Nicolas (where George Abbot was baptised). Much appreciated, as was her summer talks last year on El Camino de Santiago.

At its peak, a million pilgrims a year walked El Camino de Santiago. By modern times this had dwindled to a few half dozen a year but it was still possible to follow the route using a medieval guide book. Paulo Coelho was obliged to walk the route as a penance (and many of his books are inspired by or set along the route). He wrote his account of walking El Camino de Santiago in The Pilgrimage. Following publication of The Pilgrimage in the mid-1980s saw an exponential rise in the number of pilgrims, peaking in Holy or Jubilee Years when St James Day falls on a Sunday, as it did last year.

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is well known in Latin America, Europe (especially Eastern Europe), Russia, but little known in England. It was therefore a pleasant surprise to find of the half a dozen present, two not only knew of Paulo Coelho but had read his books. It was thought an excellent idea were Paulo Coelho to be invited to the Guildford Book Festival in October, especially as he has a new book Aleph out in September.

I was in Istanbul on St Joseph’s Day for a party with Paulo Coelho and guests to celebrate St Joseph’s Day.

I noticed books in The Keystone. I chatted with the bar staff and suggested they registered the books on BookCrossing and became a BookCrossing Zone. They liked the idea.

I had never been in The Keystone before. I looked in earlier in the day at lunchtime. It is a very pleasant pub, nice atmosphere, seating outside. As it was a pleasant warm evening I wish we had sat outside. The only pub I have seen with a declared environment policy.

The Keystone is easy to find. Bottom of the High Street in Guildford, across the bridge over the River Wey, behind the back of St Nicolas Church.

Eden People are a free-ranging Christian collective.

Creative Arts @ Costa is taking a summer break for August and September. They will be back first Tuesday of October (same day as the farmers market in Guildford High Street).

Midsummer Feast with Eden people
Eden People at Costa
Eden People demonstrating use of Jesus Cards
An Evening with Eden People
Eden People – Mind Body Spirit – Holy Trinity

Midsummer Feast with Eden people

June 14, 2011

Last week at Creative Arts at Costa I was invited to a Midsummer Feast with Eden People at Allen Gardens Pavilion in Guildford the following week in the evening.

A lovely sunny day. I thought lunch in Guildford, carry out a few chores, then as it was a lovely sunny day, I would read Love Wins under the shade of a tree until the evening.

Fate unfortunately had other ideas.

One of my chores was to hopefully to resolve a problem caused by a bank. I was in the bank all afternoon, from lunchtime until it closed. A day ruined.

I found the feast was more of a snack. I took along two punnets of strawberries. On arrival I wondered why everyone was inside on such a lovely evening. Until it got cold I sat outside chatting to a dog.

I was pleased to be able to pick up a few prayer and meditation cards which I will be happy to pass on.

I wondered why the event was held one week before the summer solstice. Walking home I noticed a lovely full moon.

Upcoming events

Summer Flower Festival incl choral performance on Sunday afternoon. St Mark’s Church in Farnborough. 24-26 June 2011.

George Abbott’s Guildford. A talk by Mary Alexander at St Mary’s Church in Guildford. George Abbott was a former Archbishop of Canterbury, a contributor to the King James’ Bible. 7-30pm Tuesday evening 28 June 2011.

Creative Arts @ Costa, a celebration of music, word and the visual arts, takes place at Costa in Swan Lane in Guildford on the first Tuesday of the month (same day as the farmers market). The next event is Tuesday evening 5 July 2011. There will be no events in August and September. Swan Lane is the narrow lane that runs between the High Street and North Street at the lower end of the High Street. With Eden People, a Christian collective.

The Keystone Spirit is a regular meeting of Eden People at The Keystone Pub (3 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BL).

Also see

Eden People at Costa
Eden People demonstrating use of Jesus Cards
An Evening with Eden People
Eden People – Mind Body Spirit – Holy Trinity

Eden People – Mind Body Spirit – Holy Trinity

November 6, 2010
mind body spirit

mind body spirit



It was pleasing to see Holy Trinity Church in Guildford used to host Mind Body Spirit by Eden People. The church looked different and it was a while before I realised why, it was the sense of space with all the seating removed. Visit Lincoln Cathedral and you get this amazing sense of space as you look into the cathedral from the main doors.

Around Holy Trinity were various activities and stalls – prayer, Katrina with her Ruach Cards, Jesus Cards, massage, healing, dream interpretation, stalls selling trinkets, information stalls, in the corner tea and snacks.

I was pleased to be able to pick up prayer and mediation cards. I want to carry out an experiment. I had wished to launch it some time ago, but I lacked sufficient cards and what I had written got wiped out. The gist is this. Often I see claimed the power of prayer, but never any references. What I wish to try is people pick one of the prayer and meditation cards and carry out what it says. Then report back, the effect on them, the effect on those around them. If enough people participate will we achieve a critical mass? I do not know, which is why I wish to try.

Holy Trinity is rarely open, therefore to find Holy Trinity open was in itself a blessing. We live in a society where sadly churches are locked.

I discussed with a few people the scandal of so-called Peace Oil on sale at St Mary’s, the sister church of Holy Trinity. I had hoped there would be someone from Holy Trinity around but apparently not. The church is aware of the issues surrounding this oil, but the deafening silence would appear to condone its sale on church premises. If you wish to help Palestinians, then please buy Zaytoun fairtrade olive oil that is on sale in Guildford at Food for Thought and from the Fairtrade stall at the farmers market. Some churches also have fairtrade Palestinian olive oil. Holy Trinity is one such church, which begs the question why did they not have it on sale at Mind Body Spirit? If you wish to help Middle East peace then please make a donation to FRRME. [see Peace Oil or taking the piss?]

I discussed with one lady who had two marvellous characters on her stall the strange examples of synchronicity I had been experiencing all week, starting with being sent out of the blue by Juan Carlos Hernandez the poem Passion within written by April Higney to illustrate one of his photos. It was strange as I had not heard of either of them before and Passion within came unbidden out of the blue and yet it captured my mood at the time. I was so struck that I wrote of what was happening. On my way home from Mind Body Spirit April Higney sent me Fragrance of the heart, again inspired by Juan Carlos Hernandez. [see Communication with the Soul of the World]

I wished to take a picture of the lovely characters on the stall and wished the rather unattractive tacky mirror in the background out of the way. It leapt to the floor and smashed to pieces. Sorry about that. I suggested a mirror in a lovely old wooden frame wood be more appropriate to the stall.

The characters were part of a series but these were the only two left.

I would have liked to have had a chat with Katrina but such was the demand for her reading of Ruach Cards that all we could manage was a hug and an exchange of a few words.

Also see

Dinner with Canon Andrew White

The Role of Science and Faith in the Development of Civilisations

Ruach Cards

September 9, 2010
Katrina Moss explaining Ruach Cards

Katrina Moss explaining Ruach Cards

A month ago at an evening meeting of Eden People in Guildford I met Katrina Moss, designer and developer of Ruach Cards. I was intrigued. We agreed to meet again first Tuesday of September and she would explain more.

Man used to be in touch with his spiritual side. Religion was not something practiced on a special day in a special building, it was something that encompassed every aspect of our lives. Indeed the idea of religion being something separate, apart from our everyday lives, would be seen as an alien concept. We see this today in what is known as Little Tibet in India.

Katrina tried to draw on these earliest influences. She drew upon the Bible, used dreams, used the natural world, listened to the Soul of the World, asked God for his help. Twenty years later and the result was the system of Ruach Cards.

Ruach Cards is not one set of cards. It is several sets and a subset of these cards is used in any one reading.

I was given a choice of three different readings

– Healing Water
– Four Winds of Change
– Past, Present and Future

The theme of the meeting of Eden People was water. Tempting, but I said no. Past, Present and Future I did not like, so I picked on Four Winds of Change.

At this point I would emphasis that although Ruach Cards sound and look superficially similar to Tarot cards, they are not. Tarot cards predict, Ruach Cards do not. Ruach Cards describe the state as is, maybe drawing forth what you are not aware of, but they do not predict. They are also superficially similar to Jesus Cards. The Jesus Cards describe where you are now, but unlike the Jesus Cards which use passages from the Bible, and were originally developed as a kind of flash cards for the Bible, Ruach Cards draw upon much wider sources, for example the natural world and numbers (but it is not numerology).

And before you ask where can you get them from you cannot. The only people who have them is Katrina and those she has trained in their use.

Four Winds of Change represent perception, self-perception and how others may perceive us, including God.

Having chosen Four Winds of Change, I was allowed to draw a card from each of the four sets of cards. Each set Katrina showed me first (with the exception of the Mystery Cards which I was not allowed to see). The cards were shuffled, and I then drew a card. The Mystery Cards I was not allowed to see, else, explained Katrina, how would they be a mystery?


Birds are messengers of truth. Noah released birds, carrier pigeons take messages, canaries are used in mines to warn of dangerous gases.


Trees represent a journey, either a physical or a spiritual journey. For those walking El Camino de Santiago it is both a spiritual and physical journey. Trees exist in two mediums, the earth and the air. Their roots dig deep into the earth, their branches spreading in the air.

We have the Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge, the living tree.


Numbers can be predictive.

Numbers are multidimensional in terms of source. For example four: the four seasons, the four compass points, the four elements (earth, wind, fire and water).


Unknown, otherwise not a mystery!

Drawing the cards

Each card drawn was placed face down until all four cards were drawn. The cards were laid out, still face down, in the shape of a cross. The cards were then turned over in the order in which they had originally be chosen with Katrina explaining the significance of each card as it was exposed.


The last to sing at night, will often sing into the night. Often the first to sing in the morning. A symbol of joy. Note the distinction between joy and happiness. Associated with hope and joy, having a positive attitude to life. Will often see and identify the negative, but only in order that improvement may be made.


The willow represents empathy. Will not walk on by when others are in trouble. Will go out of the way to help others. Willow grows by water. Drawing on the source of life. Need to tap into the source that sustains. This can be interpreted as drawing on the Soul of the World or God.


Sixteen is shown as wrapped. Sixteen is a gift. It represents love and friendship. Love and friendship from another. A gift that needs to be opened. You do not know what the gift is until it is opened. You need to open your heart to love and friendship.


A quote from Isiah. Freedom. A blessing from God. Isiah 61:1 (AMP):

He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the physical and spiritual captives.

Once all four cards had been shown, Katrina asked what I thought and was also interested in how they compared with the Jesus Cards drawn by Eden People a couple of months ago at the Celebrating Surrey Festival.

She then, with my consent, spent several minutes praying on the significance of the cards drawn and thanking God for His guidance.

After the reading I was given the Isiah quotation. On the back Katrina wrote the key points from the reading.

Before Katrina arrived I had an interesting discussion about festivals and food. After the reading a brief discussion of Paulo Coelho.

I also sampled a very interesting and tasty West India savoury tidbit. To whoever made it and brought it along, thank you it was delicious and could I please have the recipe (ingredients and preparation). We can then share it with others.

I had not been feeling well and had intended going home early. I ended leaving very late, too late to catch a late train and caught a train after midnight. I arrived home in the early hours of the morning.

Also see

The Pilgrimage

The Witch of Portobello


The Alchemist

By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept

Manual of the Warrior of Light

A Warrior’s Life

Prayer and Meditation Cards

Eden People demonstrating use of Jesus Cards

An Evening with Eden People

August 5, 2010
Katrina Moss discussing Ruach Cards

Katrina Moss discussing Ruach Cards

I was in Guildford for a lunchtime concert at St Mary’s and the farmers market. Therefore I decided I would visit Eden People who were meeting that evening.

I knew Eden People from Ambient Picnic and we had a long chat this summer when they showed me the Jesus Deck.

A very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Massage, reflexology, interesting conversation.

Towards the end of the evening I had a chat with Katrina Moss who has developed and designed Ruach Cards. I am looking forward to learning more the next time we meet.

I was tempted to drop in on John’s Jam at the Old Ford in North Camp on my way home, but I was feeling tired so I decided to give them a miss.

Also see

Eden People demonstrating use of Jesus Cards

Eden People demonstrating use of Jesus Cards

June 29, 2010
Eden People – shuffling the deck

Eden People – shuffling the deck

I was pleased to see the Eden People at the Ambient Picnic (this year part of Celebrating Surrey Festival). Ambient Picnic regulars, they were all that remained from when the Ambient Picnic was a free festival, a festival once worth attending.

It was a very hot day and I was very grateful for the fresh pineapple they were handing out. They were also the only people handing out free drinks in bio-degradable cups!

My eye was caught by Jesus Cards (aka Jesus Deck), lovely gilt-edge cards in a box, used in a similar way to Tarot cards. Each card had a simple quote taken from one of the gospels.

I was shown how the cards were used, plus we engaged in a very interesting discussion. Ironic that we had lengthy discussion on the biblical context of each card. Why ironic? Although I was being shown how the cards are used as one would use Tarot cards, the cards were originally designed to illustrate and promote discussion on aspects of the life of Jesus.

The Jesus Deck was designed as a set of playing cards by the Rev Ralph Moore in consultation with various Scripture and Theology Consultants. With the pack is a set of instructions for games and a description of each card. The cards themselves are an attractive set of playing cards well presented in a black box with the words Jesus Deck in gold block writing on the cover. They are divided into suits according to the gospels and contain pictures of events or stories form the life of Jesus.

Eden People also had Angel Cards which I guess would be something similar.

If the Catholic Church is at one end of the religious spectrum, then Eden People are at the other. An informal collective of free-thinking followers of Jesus. Like Santiago in The Alchemist by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, they listen to their heart, follow the signs, are in contact with the Soul of the World.

Synchronicity: I walked to the festival along the River Wey then along the North Downs Way, dropping down to Loseley Park. On my way there the lovely scent of elderflower, on my way back in the gathering dusk the lovely scent of honeysuckle. As I passed St Nicholas Church I saw they were to have two talks on The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (7-30pm in the evening on Tuesday 6 and 13 of July 2010), a medieval pilgrims route. A route that had fallen into disuse until Paulo Coelho wrote of his pilgrimage in The Pilgrimage.

Synchronicity: One of the stalls had a copy of The Valkyries on display!

Also see

Narcissus and the lake

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

The Cross

Pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory with the Knights of St Columba

The Jesus Deck

Prayer is something that happens to you

The Grand Inquisitor

Gospel of Thomas

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